“It’s a great place to be at the moment” - Rosella on form, West Ham and Rehanne’s first year at the helm
Sat 20 November 2021, 15:33|Tottenham Hotspur
As Rehanne Skinner marks a year in charge of Spurs Women, Rosella Ayane is keen to put the icing on the cake at the end of a great week for the team with a victory over West Ham on Sunday (3pm kick-off).
Having ended Arsenal’s perfect start to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League season last Sunday with a 1-1 draw at the Hive, we then put Watford to the sword on Wednesday night, hitting 11 without reply in the Continental League Cup. Rosella was one of two players to net a hat-trick in that tie, with Angela Addison also bagging a treble.
Attention now turns to Sunday’s trip to the Hammers, where we’ll be looking to build on those results, as well as our impressive start to the season, with another positive performance in east London – especially as we are currently unbeaten in nine against those in claret and blue.
“With a three-game week, you might think ‘it’s going to be tough’ but we’re all buzzing and there are some really positive vibes in the camp at the moment,” Rosella said. “We obviously started off the week with the north London derby which, at the time, we were obviously gutted not to get the three points from but, on reflection, it’s a massive point for us.
“Then, leading into Wednesday’s game against Watford with the momentum from that match, the team put in a brilliant performance with 11 goals, I think we had seven different goalscorers, and, personally, scoring a hat-trick… it was incredible. So we just want to build on that momentum and take everything from those last two matches into the game against West Ham on Sunday.
“West Ham are in a really good place as well. They’ve had a good run of games, they’ve got some positive results – just like us – but we are just focusing on ourselves and putting everything that we have done in the past two games hopefully into the match on Sunday.
“We’re all in great spirits, working really hard and Rehanne is pushing everyone forward in a positive way so it’s a great place to be at the moment.”
Yesterday (Friday 19 November) marked exactly one year to the day since Rehanne was appointed Head Coach – and it has certainly been a bright 12 months.
Joining us midway through last season with us sitting just two points above the relegation zone, she first helped us to stabilise in the top flight before guiding us to the quarter-finals of the Women’s FA Cup for a second consecutive year. And this term, we’ve kicked on in the WSL as we currently sit fourth in the table, having lost just one of our opening seven games and picked up some statement results along the way.
“Happy anniversary, Rehanne!” Rosella smiled. “It’s been a really positive year, she has pushed us to places and bettered the Club in a lot of different ways – and I think you can see that in our performances.
“We’re a real force at the moment, both in defence and attack. It’s been a great year for everyone and, as I said, it’s a really happy camp, it’s a great place to be and all the players are really enjoying it, so all credit to Rehanne for what she has done in the past year.”